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Third Front an enduring mirage: Congress, BJP

A day after Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, hinted at the formation of a third front government, the Congress party on Monday rejected the idea calling it nothing but a mirage. Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said that if one looks at the history of coalition politics in India in the last 20 years, a Third or Fourth or Fifth Front has been the ‘most enduring mirage of Indian politics.’

The SP chief in a rally at Sanghli, Maharashtra, had said on Sunday that a coalition government ‘is the need of the country as no single party can come to power at Centre on its own strength.’  Yadav’s idea, however, did not find any takers from the principal opposition. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said Third Front will continue to be in news for ‘wrong reasons’. ‘I don’t think any such coalition will come up,’ said BJP leader Balbir Punj.

The Congress party insisted that the government is stable and it will complete its full term. ‘Even today, it is a coalition government. Nobody knows what will happen in 2014...Congress is always ready for polls,’ said Congress spokesperson  Rashid Alvi.
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